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Mount Mary College trains teachers on new curriculum

BY: Ezekiel E. Sottie
Mr Richard Parnor (arrowed) of Odumase Akro Junior High School, leading his group to perform an assignment
Mr Richard Parnor (arrowed) of Odumase Akro Junior High School, leading his group to perform an assignment

The Mount Mary College of Education (MOMACOE) in Somanya, in collaboration with T-Tel, has organised a workshop for basic school teachers in both the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo municipalities on the handbook for the new standard-based curriculum for the four-year Bachelor of Education degree Supported Teaching in School (STS) Placement.

The handbook is to support student teachers in the colleges of education, tutors, mentors and district education officers in understanding the requirements for STS in schools. The participants were taken through the vision for the B. Ed programme, among other things.

Field experience

Speaking at the event, the Vice-Principal of MOMACOE, Bliss Sedega, said the new standard-based curriculum introduced by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service had come with a new way of doing things, one of which was the STS, where students from the colleges of education would go on a field experience every semester.

That, he said called for collaboration among the various stakeholders.

“As teachers in the basic schools, your commitment in this workshop will help us train our students in the colleges of education professionally. It also forms part of your school professional portfolio towards your promotions,” Mr Sedega explained.

Programme

The vice-principal lauded the sponsor of the programme, T-Tel, for the inroads it had made so far in the Ghanaian educational system, especially in the colleges of education.

He entreated the participants to ensure they left the workshop centre with a changed mindset and behaviour which would be positive to help train the student-teacher professionally.

“Colleague teachers, I want to plead with you to ensure that the knowledge and skills you have acquired at the workshop be put to good and positive use to impact others when you get back to the classrooms because you are the disciples of change to make what you have learnt practical which calls for continuous professional development session as a lifelong learning,” he concluded.

The MOMACOE Coordinator for STS, Patience Farkor Kpeyibor, said it was necessary that the teachers who were at the forefront of basic education in the country were given the training to equip them adequately.